Broadband:As part of expanding all broadband capabilities, ensure 4G wireless broadband coverage for 98 percent of Americans by 2016.
Goal Leader: Tom Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Telecommunications, Office of Science and Technology Policy
President Obama has outlined a bold vision for enhancing America’s competitiveness by investing in broadband infrastructure. "By connecting every corner of our country to the digital age, we can help our businesses become more competitive, our students become more informed and our citizens become more engaged," he said. Broadband access provides a strong foundation for economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness. Among other benefits, maximizing Americans’ access to broadband technology can change how we deliver health care, improve public safety, and make government more efficient. This goal reinforces current efforts by federal agencies to deliver on the Administration’s broadband commitment. Special attention will be directed to rural areas, which lag behind other parts of the country in broadband access. Achieving the goal of extending advanced 4G wireless coverage to 98 percent of Americans will strengthen the nation’s broadband system – networks, devices, content, and applications – to provide the nation a competitive, affordable, and efficient technology infrastructure.